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August 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Health Care Dollars, Senses of Taste and Smell, and Emotional Eating
Date:8/13/2009

Investments to Stretch Health Care Dollars

ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Here are highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource attribution is required. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit www.bookstore.mayoclinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 800-876-8633, extension 9751.

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Because of the costs, many Americans are thinking twice before seeking health care or filling a prescription. Even people with health insurance are paying more as premiums rise and employers pay less of the bill.

The August issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers tips to save money by working closely with care providers, being informed about insurance, price shopping for prescriptions, avoiding hospital stays when possible, and taking steps to stay well. Money-saving ideas include:

With providers:

  • Ask in advance about fees, including an estimate of the total expenses for your care. Check with the insurance company about what's covered.
  • Ask the doctor to be a partner in reducing costs. The care provider might avoid duplicating tests or suggest lower-cost treatment options.
  • Use nurse lines. Many health plans, hospitals and some medical practices offer services where patients can call for medical advice. Talking with a nurse may be especially helpful when it's unc
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